Exclusive: Rappers Talk 50 Cent & Rick Ross Beef, "You Can Die"

Monday, Mar 9, 2009 2:10PM

Written by Danica Dow

On the anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.'s death SOHH is delving into the world of rap beefs and asking if the escalating conflict between 50 Cent and Rick Ross has crossed a line.

As Houston rap legend Bun B pointed out to SOHH that rap rivalries have existed in hip-hop music from the very beginning.

"This is rap. We've had beef in rap since the beginning of rap. There are very few of the early artists in the music industry that didn't have some kind of an issue with another artist at some point. As long as nobody gets physically hurt, I don't see why anybody really should have a problem with it.  I think everybody will come out of it alright.  50 is going to be alright. Ross will be alright"

Somalian rapper K'Naan acknowleges that competition among artists is natural but thinks rappers can take it to far.

"It happens in every atmosphere where there's talent. That sort of competition does exist but I think that we are the only ones that actually shoot each other for it. I think that's kinda what we need to re-examine that it doesn't get to that point because it has happened which is unfortunate. I don't think it's just entertainment. I don't think that it's necessary to be killing somebody over music."

Gorilla Zoe agrees that rap beefs could pose real danger for the artists involved.

"Playing with certain things man, you can die. That ain't nothing to play with but that's what [50 Cent and Rick Ross] are doing. I let them do what they do. I'm just looking at it like both of ya'll get your money up."

In light of the growing concern around rap beefs, SOHH is exploring the subject with a playlist of battle tracks, videos of rappers speaking on the topic, and battle rap news.

In an effort to hear get the community's take on today's rap beefs, SOHH and other participating sites--KevinNottingham.com, HHLO.net, VicariousMusic.com, KeepItTrill.com, NakedWithSocksOn.com--have released a survey, which questions the media's role in promoting rap beefs and how far rappers should go when battling.
[Take the SOHH survey to voice your opinion on rap beefs and check out the "Prime Beef" clips, music and news.]



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